Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has engaged in pointed remarks aimed at his embattled deputy, Philip Shaibu. The Governor, during a gathering with leaders of the Edo South Senatorial District at the Government House, took a jibe at Deputy Shaibu’s ‘Emilokan’ slogan, asserting that it would not secure electoral victories within the state.
This remark comes amidst simmering political tensions, hinting at underlying dynamics within the state’s leadership. The exchange serves as a stark reminder of the complex dynamics at play within Edo’s political landscape. The Governor’s comments, made in a public forum, underscore the intrigue and competition that continue to shape the state’s political narrative.
Obaseki said: “Edo people will not accept ‘Emilokan’ as a strategy in government as they are not known for that. For us, it is the people that will decide.
“What has happened in the last few months is strange, and even if you have ambition, this is not the time to express it. The timetable for the election is not out. You can’t be part of a government and also be the one to destabilise the same government.
“I thought we came together and will leave together and let the people say you have done a great job, and they will now make the decision themselves. They are the ones to say that come rain or sunshine, we must continue.
“You are telling the world one thing and yet doing another. You are loyal to your principal and yet you are in Court with your principal. Everybody has the right to be ambitious but do it the right way.”
Since July 28, 2023 when the Edo State deputy governor, approached a federal high court in Abuja with a suit to prevent the governor of the state, Mr Godwin Obaseki, from impeaching him, the political atmosphere in the heartbeat of the nation has been charged, reminiscence of electioneering campaigns between rival political parties.
Though the present scenario has nothing to do with election or even primary elections to select candidates of the various political affiliations, the intraparty wrangling brewing between the two top political office holders in Edo state appeared to have created division among loyalists of the two gladiators.